Nick Saban, LSU and Myopic Fans

After leaving the military, I spent three years or so at LSU and I’m a huge fan, follower and supporter of the football team. That said, I’m really tired of listening to other fans bitch, moan and whine about Nick Saban and question his integrity. I think it says more about them than it does about him.

Look, I wasn’t happy when he left either. I suffered through the DiNardo years. There were more bad years before that. Nick Saban did something for LSU that no one had done in a very, very long time. He turned the program into a winner. Not only did we win a national title with him at the helm (and two SEC titles, I believe), but we were competitive every single year. You can’t ask for much more than that. While his exit was unfortunate for the program, at least at the time, I think it’s absurd to blame Nick Saban. He had an opportunity. Maybe he thought it was his dream job, maybe he considered it a promotion, maybe it was just something he felt like he needed to do so that he never had to ask, “what if?”, maybe it was more money than he ever dreamed of. All of those are valid reasons to leave a job and many of us have taken other jobs for similar reasons (even if the compensation wasn’t even close).

If the reason he left is any of those, can you honestly blame him? When the NFL didn’t work out for him and he wanted to come back to college, what was he supposed to do? The LSU job wasn’t open any longer. Moreover, the school had managed to replace him with pretty decent coach in his own right who had maintained that same level of competitiveness. The Alabama job was open and it too is a fantastic program with a rich history. Why the hell would he not take that job?

Get over it LSU fans. He was our coach and not he’s not. Feel free to cheer for the Tigers kick the Tide’s ass all over the field, but drop the bitterness. It’s petty, it’s stupid and it makes us all look bad.

Rant complete. Now back to College Gameday, live from Baton Rouge.

Geaux Tigers.

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